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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

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Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 28, 2013 11:14 AM

This is particularly important for students with language learning differences--Lou

 

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"...“There’s something about writing that is a link to your brain,” said Marissa Moss, author of the popular children’s book series Amelia’s Notebook. In the books, Moss takes on the persona of a little girl expressing her ideas about the world and people around her. The books are a combination of words and drawings and look free form – as though Amelia sketched them herself.

Taking a cue from Moss, teachers from Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif., decided to have their students keep notebooks in a similar style. The notebooks aren’t graded; rather, they’re a place of private, free expression. Karen Clancy and Andrea Boatright presented the project at the Innovative Learning Conference hosted by the Nueva School recently.

“They’re not used to being given permission to write about whatever they want,” Clancy said. But once her students realized that they really weren’t being graded and that they had freedom of expression, they eventually came to demand time to write.

Moss says writing without fear of consequences is key to developing a writer’s voice. “If you’re perfect you are guaranteed to not write a thing,” Moss said. “It’s like driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.” She has developed some guides to help teachers coax students into using art and writing in their journals at the same time, as a way of flexing their visual thinking along with literacy...."

Audrey's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:08 PM

Teachers and students already think this way. Audrey curating for homeschoolsource.co.uk

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5 Steps to Thinking Creatively

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"Geniuses produce because they think fluently and flexibly," says Michael Michalko in his book "Cracking Creativity."

 

"Fluency of thought means generating quantities of ideas." A key characteristic of genius is immense productivity. Thomas Edison held 1093 patents. Einstein published 248 papers. Darwin wrote 119 papers besides his theory of evolution. Therefore, if you want more creative/innovative thinking in your organization, you must encourage the generation of "quantities of ideas."

 

However, if you stifle creative thinking by sending subtle or not so subtle messages that "we must just spend our time doing things the way we have always done"...because they have worked, you'll never find a better more efficient method. Your innovative risk-taking competitor will! That's how Microsoft climbed to success passing IBM and why they know they have to continue investing mega-millions in R&D.

 

===> You must encourage people to think creatively and take risks. <===

 


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Sparking Creativity [Infographic]

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It's a rough time for Time Magazine. Take the cover article in this month's Town and Country Magazine: 'Empire of Excess. The Insane Egos and Extreme Expense

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Can we use our creativitity to develop STEM skills?

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, June 28, 2013 12:56 PM
AnnC - Found this older HuffPo post. STEM to STEAM, intriguing! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-tarnoff/stem-to-steam-recognizing_b_756519.html
Lee Hall's curator insight, June 28, 2013 3:16 PM

We do need to encourage creativity in our students. They learn so much more when they handle the content to do something with it.

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HI Jim, Thanks for following my topic. I hope that it is helpful for you . You have a great site started here.
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12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People (like you!)

12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People (like you!) | School Psychology Tech | Scoop.it

by Kathy Wilkins. Click to see the butterfly image up close. 

 

Gust MEES: not ONLY for girls ;)


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Inspiring Creativity in Our Students

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Children are naturally curious, so where does it go as they grow older and what can we do, as teachers, to inspire it? Mathew Green wrote that classrooms and schools should be the most innovative, ...

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Be a guide to young minds and have fun doing it!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:58 AM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity

 

mariegardon's curator insight, October 14, 2013 11:36 AM

Quelques pistes que l'on pourrait tester avec nos élèves français

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Left-Brain Schools in a Right-Brain World

Left-Brain Schools in a Right-Brain World | School Psychology Tech | Scoop.it
More and more, our world is driven by right-brain thought. Sadly, consider what's happening today in schools. With a poor economy, budget cuts are being made across the country.

 

Daniel Pink shares some helpful insights about how our brains function in his book, A Whole New Mind. He describes the difference between left-brain and right-brain thinking. He argues that the old world is a left-brain world. The new one is a right-brain world.

 

Part of our dropout problem can be summarized in one phrase:

 

===> we are preparing students in "Left-Brain" schools to enter a "Right-Brain" world. <===

 

The school does not resemble the world they'll enter after graduation. If they graduate at all.


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Teachers and learners - head to the right!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:33 PM

 

Part of our dropout problem can be summarized in one phrase:

 

===> we are preparing students in "Left-Brain" schools to enter a "Right-Brain" world. <===

 

The school does not resemble the world they'll enter after graduation. If they graduate at all.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity

 

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

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America needs to understand and invest effectively in education.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, May 11, 2013 9:30 AM

The obvious, presented openly and optimistically by Sir Ken.

 

John Rudkin's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:08 AM

Brilliant.

 

 

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, May 19, 2013 10:55 AM

How might you contribute to the seeds of learning?